IRON MAIDEN - Aces High 12" MAXI Vinyl Album

- European Release

"Aces High" tells the story of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first battle to be completely fought in the skies of the UK.

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Iron Maiden - Aces High:
Album Description:

In the world of Heavy Metal, few bands have managed to capture the essence of history and heroism quite like IRON MAIDEN. From their iconic mascot, Eddie, to their legendary lyrics, their music has always been a journey through time and space. Today, we delve deep into the heart-pounding, sky-soaring epic that is "Aces High", as we explore the 12" MAXI Vinyl Album release in Europe.

The Battle of Britain: A Heroic Prelude

"Aces High" is a testament to the band's ability to turn history into sonic art. Written by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, the song takes us back to the summer of 1940 when the skies over Britain became a battleground. The Battle of Britain, fought between the British RAF and the German Luftwaffe, was a pivotal moment in World War II, and "Aces High" pays homage to the brave RAF pilots who defended their homeland against the relentless German onslaught.

A Musical Dogfight

As the needle touches the vinyl and the unmistakable guitar riffs of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith fill the air, you are instantly transported to the cockpit of a Spitfire. The galloping bass of Steve Harris and the thunderous drums of Nicko McBrain provide the perfect backdrop for Bruce Dickinson's soaring vocals.

The song's chorus, "Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die", encapsulates the fearless spirit of those young pilots as they engaged in dogfights high above the English Channel. It's a battle cry that still resonates with fans of IRON MAIDEN and admirers of history alike.

The Making of the Album

Produced by the legendary Martin Birch, who had a long and fruitful collaboration with the band, "Aces High Europe" captures the raw energy and precision that are trademarks of IRON MAIDEN's sound. Birch's meticulous attention to detail ensured that every instrument and vocal track blended seamlessly to create a sonic masterpiece.

The album sleeve design, courtesy of Derek Riggs and The Artful Dodgers, is a work of art in its own right. Featuring the iconic Eddie as a fearless pilot in the cockpit of his Spitfire, the cover perfectly complements the album's theme. It's a visual feast for fans and collectors alike.

Iron Maiden - Aces High: A Sonic Battle Cry from the Skies of 1940
Song Description:

Rising from the smoky haze of a world at war, Iron Maiden’s "Aces High" launches into the stratosphere, a fiery anthem of courage and defiance. Released in 1984 as a fierce opening salvo for the album "Powerslave," this track is a sonic blitzkrieg that captures the indomitable spirit of the Battle of Britain, where brave RAF pilots soared into the sky to defend their homeland from the relentless Luftwaffe onslaught.

Set against the harrowing backdrop of 1940, "Aces High" transports listeners to a time when the fate of the free world hung in the balance. The song's narrative thrusts us into the cockpit of a Spitfire, engines roaring and adrenaline surging as we climb to meet the enemy. This is not just music; it is an auditory reenactment of history’s most pivotal aerial battle, where bravery and skill meant the difference between life and death.

Musically, "Aces High" is a tour de force of heavy metal brilliance. It begins with a blistering guitar riff that mimics the scream of an aircraft engine, instantly setting the stage for the high-octane tale that follows. Adrian Smith and Dave Murray's twin guitars weave a complex tapestry of soaring harmonies and searing solos, capturing the thrill and danger of aerial combat. Steve Harris’ bass lines gallop with relentless energy, echoing the heartbeat of a pilot locked in a deadly duel. Nicko McBrain's drumming is a relentless barrage, driving the song forward with the power of anti-aircraft fire. Bruce Dickinson's vocals, both commanding and urgent, deliver the story with a passion that transports the listener directly into the cockpit.

Heavy metal in the mid-'80s was undergoing a transformation, and Iron Maiden stood at the vanguard of this evolution. "Aces High" exemplifies the band’s ability to meld historical narratives with their signature sound, creating music that is both intellectually stimulating and sonically exhilarating. The track’s relentless pace and unforgettable chorus made it an instant classic, a testament to Iron Maiden’s unparalleled ability to craft epic, anthemic songs that resonate deeply with their audience.

Controversy has often shadowed Iron Maiden, and the release of "Aces High" was no exception. The band's unflinching portrayal of war and their use of historical imagery sparked debates among critics and fans alike. Some viewed the song as a glorification of conflict, while others hailed it as a tribute to the valor and sacrifice of those who fought. Regardless, "Aces High" solidified Iron Maiden’s reputation as bold storytellers unafraid to tackle complex and often contentious subjects.

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Music Genre:

  NWOBHM, Heavy Metal 

Album Production Information:

The album: "IRON MAIDEN - Aces High Europe" was produced by: Martin Birch

Discover the man behind the soundboard, shaping iconic rock and metal anthems. Martin Birch's journey from sound engineer to legendary producer is a testament to passion and innovation. Read it Here

Album sleeve design Derek Riggs, The Artful Dodgers

Discover the man behind the monster: Derek Riggs, the artist who brought Iron Maiden's Eddie to life. Explore his artistic journey beyond heavy metal. Read it Here

"The Artful Dodgers" a Hertfordshire based graphic design company fronted by Keith Peacock, Neil Smith and Michael Faulkner.

Record Label & Catalognr:

EMI 1C K062 20 0385 6

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1984 Europe
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: IRON MAIDEN - Aces High Europe
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bruce Dickinson - vocals

    From humble beginnings to a heavy metal icon, Bruce Dickinson's journey is filled with powerful vocals, epic stage performances, and a passion for flight. Discover the life of a true renaissance man. Read it Here

  • Dave Murray - guitar

    Explore the life and musical journey of Dave Murray, a guitar virtuoso who shaped the sound of Iron Maiden and left an indelible mark on heavy metal. Read it Here

  • Adrian Smith - guitar, backing vocals

    Discover the journey of Adrian Smith, the melodic maestro behind Iron Maiden's iconic sound. From humble beginnings to heavy metal stardom, explore his passion for music, songwriting prowess, and enduring legacy. Read it Here

  • Steve Harris - bass guitar, backing vocals

    Discover the man behind Iron Maiden's galloping basslines and epic anthems. From football dreams to heavy metal legend, Steve Harris's journey is as captivating as his music. Read it Here

  • Nicko McBrain - drums

    From Hackney pubs to global stadiums, Nicko McBrain's journey to Iron Maiden's drum throne is a story of passion, perseverance, and unparalleled drumming prowess. Read it Here

Complete Track-listing of the album "IRON MAIDEN - Aces High Europe"

The detailed tracklist of this record "IRON MAIDEN - Aces High Europe" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Aces High
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. King Of Twilight
  2. The Number Of The Beast (Live Version)
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